eight-day Nile cruise is the perfect add-on to a Cairo visit.
Weekly on Saturday , Sunday , Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays
Embarkation : Luxor or Aswan
would you like to cruise the Nile the way the Pharaoh & Cleopatra did
? These graceful boats will allow you to cruise the great river in a
stately Pharaonic style. Our 8-day "soft adventure" cruise visits all
of Upper Egypt's top sights, and gives you the chance to see the timeless
Nile as adventurers have seen it throughout the ages.
1 - LUXOR ( or Aswan) Saturday
or Monday ( Weekly, YEAR ROUND)
For Sonesta Ultra Deluxe Category Dates and program will vary - Please
ask for Details
us with your arrival details in Luxor and we'll provide you with a complimentary
transfer, to your Nile cruises (
we can assist with the flight or train from Cairo for additional
fee) Check- in is at noon, if/when you arrive earlier , your cabin may
not be ready , yet all the public facilities son board are at your disposal.
fruit basket, with our compliments.
tour of Deir El Medinah, the first known "Workers Village"
these were the true creative heroes who built the temples & tombs
for the mighty Pharaohs of the Nile Kingdom.
El Medinah is on Luxor's west bank you get a totally different perspective
on ancient Egyptian life, at the ancient workers' settlement of Deir
el-Medinah. While most of the imposing stone monuments and sites of
Egypt honor the lives and after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah gives
us unique and surprising insights into the ordinary citizens who constructed
and decorated the tombs.
we'll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their domestic
animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized
rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt
might not have been a workers' paradise, we'll see that artisans and
builders were highly regarded in their community. We are proud to be
the only operator to offer regular visits to this singular ancient settlement
in its tour and cruise programs.
to the cruise for a delicious lunch, complimentary welcome fruit basket
in your cabin.
The afternoon is devoted to visit the new and old "Qurna"
or Gurnah" : In Ancient times as well as in a more recent history,
the locals populated the West Bank and lived in series of villages near
the tombs they built for their kings & queens. The largest of these
villages is Gurnah or Qurna , these villages continue to grow in population
in spite of the damage caused to the nearby tombs, the house are an
example of the traditional Egyptian rural homes, the houses are usually
built of mud break mixed with straw, the New Gurnah was designed by
the famous Hassan Fathy , author of " Architecture for the Poor",
we conclude the afternoon by a visit to the nearby Nobles Tombs , can
not guarantee which ones will be open as they are rotated , but you
may visit : tomb of Rekhmire , Senoufer , or Ramose ..
Evening Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temples.
2 - VALLEY OF THE KINGS - Sunday or Tuesday (cBLD)
Today we tour the Valley of the Kings, including King Tut's tomb,
Valley of the Queens. Then it's on to Queen Hatshepsut's Temple
and the Colossi of Memnon. After a shipboard lunch. Sail for
Edfu where we dock for the night. Cabin amenity tonight: One large bottle
of water ( one for each guest).
3 - EDFU - ASWAN Monday or Wednesday (cBLD)
In Edfu, we board horse-drawn carriages for the ride to the Temple
of Horus. The best preserved temple in Egypt. Returning to our ship,
we set sail for Aswan .Complimentary Galabya , you may wish to try on
for the evening when there's a jolly galabia party aboard. A
complimentary galabya will be delivered to your cabin.
the sunset and before dinner ,
we 'll call on you to reenact your arrival at the pier and the cruise,
join the complimentary welcome Zaffa (procession that will resemble
an Arabian/Egyptian wedding party) with a troupe of dancers and musicians
dressed with the Egyptian typical clothes, welcoming you by singing
and dancing Egyptian Folklore.
( If you prefer not to have the Zaffa , just let's know in advance):
Celebrate with the panoply of a traditional Zaffaa, a procession of
Bedouins , Nubians, drummers, horn players, bagpipers, and swordsmen
with blades ablaze, with the cruise manager & crew as well as other
guests who wish to join, lining up to welcome you and greet you as you
board. Then up to the the dinning room, ! where we have even arranged
to have a wedding cake prepared on board, as our special gift to you!
4 -ASWAN - CAMEL CARAVAN Tuesday and Thursday (BLD)
for the tour of Aswan Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, and the
Island Temple of Philae
, dedicated to the Ancient Goddess ISIS. In
we board a graceful felucca and cruise among the islands of the Nile,
be our guest if you wish on a complimentary short camel caravan to a
near by Nubian Village or Soheil Island for tea with the locals, then
tour the Nubian Museum before we return to the ship in time for your
" Afternoon Tea".
amenity: Complimentary Egyptian sweets/pastry platter. Evening horse-drawn
carriage ride throughout Aswan souks and water front.
Cruise program may vary in sequence based on embarkation point
and the cruise category you choose, we will confirm all details and
day to day itinerary when you book with us.
DAY 5 - KOM OMBO Wednesday and Friday (BLD)
Morning at leisure . In
the afternoon we sail for Kom Ombo. Where we dock for the night.
6- KOM OMBO - Thursday & Saturday (BLD)
We explore the twin Temples of Haroeris , the Sun God, and Sobek , the
Crocodile God, at Kom Ombo, . Returning to our ship in time for
tea. We set sail for Luxor.
7- LUXOR Friday & Sunday (BLD)
After breakfast, on to the Gigantic Temple of Karnak and the great temple
of Luxor, as well as the small yet charming Luxor Museum are our goal
8- LUXOR - Saturday & Monday (B)
After breakfast, check - out. Transfer is included to the train station
or the Airport.
are per person in USD .
Sample Deluxe Nile Cruise :M/S Adonis / M/S Beau Soleil
M/S Mojito / M/S
Monaco or M/S Monte Carlo Nile
Rate per person in USD
for the full program
For Dec 20 - Jan 5 , Easter : Please add 15 %
Class / Cruise
Rate per person in USD
for the full program
Christmas/New Year's weeks and Easter : Please add 15%
are per person in USD Ultra Deluxe Nile Cruise
to the : Ultra Deluxe M/S Toya, M/S
TIYI ( Presidential Suite ) ,
or M/S Amarco ( Presidential Suite )
The M/S Sonesta Star Goddess -Mozart Suite with private
Sonesta M/S Moon Goddess : Outside state room with private balcony:
Rates are per person in USD
program may vary slightly from one cruise to another , we will confirm
specific draft to you at the time of booking. For The Ultra Deluxe Category
Only : For Christmas/New Year's weeks and Easter : Please add 40 %
All shore excursions.
All entrance fees.
The service of an English Speaking guide
meals: B = Breakfast, L
= Lunch, D = Dinner, as listed .
Afternoon tea daily onboard.
water delivered daily to your cabin ( one large bottle for each
welcome drink upon arrival on board the Nile Cruise.
welcome fruit basket on board the Nile Cruise.
or coffee and bottled water with each / every meal while you are
on board the Nile Cruise.
private guide, private air-conditioned car, private driver for the
cruise shore excursions, please add $ 350 per person , to the above
Departure days varies between Deluxe & First class.
cruise passengers come from all countries of the world, more from Europe,
but also from North America, South America and Asia, and naturally they'll
often keep the company of their own language and culture.
patience and extra efforts to interact are sure to bear rewards.
Some guests from the USA did bring up the issue that in some cases the
boat did have 2 or 3 English speaking couples onboard, and that they
expected more !
Most sailings have a few native English speakers, though the numbers,
of course, vary by season, and are not guaranteed.
Nile cruises are actually floating luxury hotels, and in fact you will
use your boat as your hotel for at least a night or two at either Aswan
or Luxor. Nile cruising resembles ocean cruising in that you lead a
pampered lifestyle in a comfortable stateroom and elegant public spaces,
with an accommodating staff and all services,
seasickness is never a problem on the Nile, as there are no waves. A
Nile cruise is more interesting because you are always within sight
of the riverbanks lined with palm trees, fruit orchards, farmers' fields,
villages and towns and, behind them, Egypt's endless deserts.
Deluxe rate per person in USD $ :
Oberoi Zahra Cruiser
Explore the Nile in unparalleled luxury on The Oberoi Zahra. Discover
ancient monuments, temples and five thousand years of Egyptian culture
during a leisurely seven nights and eight days cruise.
your senses with wellness options that include massage suites, a swimming
pool and gymnasium. Spacious cabins and suites, personalized service
and exquisite cuisine make your Nile experience on The Oberoi Zahra
King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid was not meant to be visited:
Getting to it is challenging, and once you enter, it is very difficult
to turn back. The stone passage is only wide enough for one person.
You must be in good physical condition, able to climb several flights
of stairs, bend double, crouch and duck-walk for short distances. The
King's Chamber itself is the world's most claustrophobic place, with
dim light and heavy, hot, oxygen-poor air. There is no ventilation.
If you are at all sensitive to claustrophobia or confinement, or if
you have any sort of respiratory condition, for your own safety and
the safety of others, you must not enter the pyramid because it is impossible
to remove a person or to bring aid to them quickly .